San Joaquin Valley facing water crisis in 2014

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Oct. 31, 2013 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Unfortunately, the San Joaquin Valley is currently being threatened with zero water allocation from the Central Valley Project (CVP) for 2014. Due to an anticipated third consecutive dry year, combined with federal pumping restriction, water allocations are expected to be less than in previous years. The low allocation of 20% in 2013 was somewhat mitigated by stopgap measures, but these solutions disguised a severe problem and will not offer the same relief in 2014. In particular, groundwater use will be restricted in 2014 based on the significant pumping that was done over the last 3 years to make up for water not available through the CVP.

Local water agencies estimate that water allocations below 20% in 2014 would result in billions of dollars of lost revenue and significantly impact the state’s economy. The impacts would be felt across multiple sectors including the food production industry, goods movement, retailers, grocers, banking and other financial entities involved in agriculture.

You can expect to see this problem thrown at the feet of the legislature, the governor and the federal government in the coming months. California cannot afford to let this key pillar of its economy be decimated. This is an immediate crisis that deserves an immediate solution.

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